Movie of the week: Hachiko: A dog's story

By admin
13 April 2010

What’s it about?

A kind man takes in a lost dog. Tight bonds that not even death can break develop between dog and owner.

Who will enjoy it?

It’s hard to say who will like this charming, deeply human movie about animals. It’s not particularly sentimental and there aren’t any ag shame moments; it’s just a sympathetic, compassionate look at the love between a man and his dog. You may think 100 minutes is too long to tell such a simple tale but this true story is inspiring and makes you believe it’s good to be alive. It’s much better than expected and one of the most moving, gripping films of the year. The critics were in tears! It’s a definite must-see.

Wait for DVD?

Yes, you could, especially because the dog’s escapades and eventual undying love for his master will have kids glued to the screen. It’s almost impossible to believe a dog could remember his owner’s kindness for so long and remain utterly faithful to his memory. With subtle direction and controlled emotions the emphasis is on the dog’s joy, making this a most beautiful film. Highly recommended.

Similar films

The Bear, Marley & Me, Born Free.

Popcorn facts

- The movie is based on a true story that took place in Japan in the ’30s.

- The local people paid for a statue of Hachiko to be erected in his honour.

Our rating: 4/5

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